Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Prospective Undergraduate Students Queen's Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Undergraduate Studies Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering. Premier Earth Sciences department in Canada

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Why Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen's?

Queen’s Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering is a unique department that offers complimentary programs in both Sciences and Engineering.  

Study the Earth and Earth Engineering challenges with State-of-the Art Facilities. The department is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including an X-ray Diffraction and Clay Mineral Lab, a Computational Geomechanics Lab, Rock Mechanics Testing Facilities, Applied Geophysics Lab, and Stable Isotope and ICP/MS Lab to name a few. For a complete list of facilities and services offered by the department visit the facilities & services webpage.

There are also many opportunities at the undergraduate level for gaining real field experience. These opportunities allow students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom in a real world setting and help them secure a job during the summer months and after graduation. Most students in the department gain over 240 hours of experience on various field trips

We are a small, friendly department. You will get to know your classmates and professors well and have a say in program and departmental governance.

See the list of job opportunities for a sampling of the hundreds of possible careers that have brought our graduates success.

Also, check out the First Year Geological Engineering Discipline Night presentation.

Study Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering in one of the Top 2 Applied Earth Science Departments in Canada as ranked by Maclean's Magazine

The Department offers two programs for students to choose from.

Geological Sciences

Students wishing to complete a degree program designed to prepare them for a career or a higher degree in geology are encouraged to select one of the following 4-year Honours degrees:

Degree Description
BSc (​Honours) Major plan is ideal for students who are interested in a career-oriented program in the geosciences that also allows a wide choice of supporting and elective courses.

BSc (Honours, Geological Sciences)

Specialization plan provides the opportunity for a more intensive study of Geology and the supporting sciences. This plan is designed to lead easily to registration as a "Professional Geoscientist", a designation of increasing professional importance.

Geological Engineering

Degree Description
BASc (Bachelor of Applied Science)

Queen's Geological Engineering offers an exciting career in earth engineering starting with a core program in physics, mechanics and mathematics combined with geology, geophysics,  geochemistry, site investigation and design applied to geotechnical, geo-environmental and resource engineering.

Areas of specialization include geo-environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, applied geophysics and mineral and energy exploration

Financial Support

Queen's offers a wide range of scholarships to students entering the first year of any first-entry undergraduate program of study.

Admission Awards
There are many awards available to students applying for undergraduate studies at Queen's. View a complete list of awards requiring an application.
Named Admission Bursaries

There are many named bursaries available to students applying for undergraduate studies at Queen's. View a complete list of bursaries requiring an application.

Work Study

The Work Study Program is intended to supplement the resources of students who have the greatest financial difficulty and the fewest financial options by giving them priority for certain part-time jobs (generally, on campus) while they are studying at Queen's. Visit the Student Awards webpage for more information.

Summer Work Opportunities

Full-time undergraduate students are invited to apply for an NSERC funded Undergraduate Summer Research Assistantship.

This opportunity provides you with a chance to see whether you enjoy research, to advance your knowledge and skills in a particular area of Geological Sciences or Geological Engineering, and permits you to approach professors with whom you would like to work.

The positions will be for 16 weeks during the 2013 summer.

If you would like to apply one of for these summer positions, please contact a professor or two, to see if they are interested in hiring an NSERC USRA student. Discuss possible topics of interest that would be undertaken during the summer. Complete the application form as follows:


Application Form (Form 202) Part I is completed on-line, verified and submitted by the students.

Part II is completed on-line, verified and submitted by the supervisor.

Parts I and II are reviewed and approved by the Department/School by your internal deadline.

Instructions on how to complete Form 202,

Please note that two copies of your application should be printed out and handed to Larke Zarichny on, or before, Thursday February 28th, 2013.

Good luck.

Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP)
The Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) provides students with a 12-16 month work experience. QUIP internships are paid, professionally supervised, career-related positions designed to offer second or third year students the opportunity to learn about current advances, practices and technologies in business and industry. The program is open to students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (domestic and international), Faculty of Arts and Science (domestic and international), School of Computing (domestic and international) and the School of Business (domestic only; not for credit). Due to the longer work term (compared to a 4-month co-op), employers are highly motivated to maximize their time and investment. This means that Internship students are offered the opportunity to manage more extensive and significant projects.
Visit the Career Services site for further information.

Job Opportunities

Job opportunities available to our graduates are numerous. Depending on your chosen path, here are some sample careers: (Please note this is not an exhaustive list as there are many other careers available)


Geo-instrumentation Engineer Paleontologist
Cavern Engineer Geomechanics Engineer Planetary Geologist / Mission Specialist
Chief Research Scientist Geophysics Specialist Production Geologist
City Environmental Manager Geotechnical Engineer Prospector
Construction Engineer/Manager Geothermal Exploration Manager Regional R & D Manager

Deep Excavations Project Manager

Groundwater Engineer Research and Development Engineer
Economic Advisor Groundwater Resource Management Resource/Reservoir Engineer
Economic Geologist Hydrogeologist Rock Mechanics Engineer and Manager
Energy Resource Exploration Manager of Geophysical Research Senior Research Advisor
Environmental Geologist Marine Geologist Site Cost Controller
Environmental Remediation Mine Geologist Slope Stability Engineer
Exploration Geologist Mine Ground Control Engineer Survey Geologist
Exploration Manager Mineral Exploration Geologist Tailings Containment Engineer
Foundation Engineer Mineral Exploration Operations Director Teacher
Gemologist Mineralogist Tunnelling Design Engineer
Geo-Environmental Engineer Minerals Processing Engineer Subway Construction Project Manager
Geographical Information System Specialist Museum Curator University Professor
Geo-Hazard Engineer Nuclear Waste Disposal Geoscience Vice President – Banking/Investment


Interested in applying?

For Queen's admission FAQ's, visit the Undergraduate Admissions site.

Can't decide which program is right for you? Learn more about each program:

Why Geological Sciences

What is a Geoscientist?

Geoscientists interpret the natural world, bringing methods such as geophysics, geomechanics geochemistry, geobiology and field geology together to understand the ancient and modern Earth. Clues concealed in rocks and minerals, fluids and fossils, mountains and sediments, glaciers and volcanoes are marshaled to explain and model the Earth System at all scales.

Discovery, development and sustainability of water, mineral and energy resources as well as coping with climate change, human impact and natural hazards facing increasing global populations, all depend on a deep understanding of natural processes.

Our students study the Earth in this context, with careers in diverse fields including research, mineral and oil exploration, mining and hydrocarbon extraction, policy analysis, surface and underground construction, environmental assessment, protection and rehabilitation, groundwater investigation and resource management.

The programs offered by this department focus on the whole planet and consider all global processes within an integrated, dynamic system.

Come and be a part of it!

Career Opportunities in:

  • Research/teaching
  • Mineral, petroleum, or groundwater exploration
  • Environmental sciences/geo-hazard studies (assessment/remediation)
  • Geo-hazard studies (eg earthquakes)
  • Environmental and mining law/business
Why Geological Engineering

First Year Geological Engineering Discipline Night Presentation

Geological Engineering Handout

The Geological Engineering at Queen's is a well-established, thriving and dynamic program with a long tradition of excellence. We take great pride in our strong alumni presence in Canadian and international industry and across the R&D spectrum.

Geological Engineering is the practical application of principles, concepts and techniques of the geological sciences to provide sustainable engineered solutions to human needs.

What is Geological Engineering?

These include resource exploitation and management, environmental and geotechnical design involving rock, soil and water interaction, groundwater protection and remediation, risk mitigation, and the non-destructive or geophysical investigation of the subsurface environment for engineering purposes.

Dynamic Career Opportunities

Our graduates are sought after not only for their deep and broad knowledge base but also for their exceptional field skills, and their familiarity with state-of-the-art analysis and design tools. We strongly emphasize interaction and student-faculty dialogue in our courses and in our departmental affairs. Geological Engineering at Queen's is unique in that, in addition to being fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board leading you to a Professional Engineering designation (PEng), our program also prepares you for eligibility as a Professional GeoScientist (PGeo).

The Queen's Geological Engineering Degree is extremely well respected among Canadian and international employers, in part due to heavy emphasis on practical applications and field techniques.

Queen's Geological Engineering grads are sought after, for both summer and permanent employment, by the oil and gas sector, geophysical investigation teams, the mineral industry, construction consultants, environmental firms, government offices and organizations and a vast number of related sectors. As well as finding employment with Canadian companies, graduates of Geological Engineering often enjoy international careers and opportunities on several continents.

Our programs also provide a firm basis on which to enter a wide range of post-graduate institutions to undertake more advanced projects and to pursue research careers.


Please contact our Undergraduate Program Assistant Rebecca Dew